The NBA It plans to start its 2020/21 season at Christmas, and with the firm intention of becoming an exemplary competition in the fight against coronavirus. Or, at least, that is what they want to promote among their players and teams.
Last Saturday, with cases in the United States rising to the peak of contagion in this second wave, the competition sent a memorandum to clubs giving a series of instructions with which to avoid a possible shutdown or stoppage of the competition.
Knowing that discipline is not one of the strengths of the players, at least of some, among those instructions they ask to avoid going to bars, pubs, hostess clubs, nightclubs, restaurants external to hotels or usual addresses and to all premises interior with 15 people at least. The NBA must approve any establishment that players visit in the days prior to the competition and, of course, they will be prohibited all visits by non-partners in their homes or concentration hotels.
From the NBA they warn that they will take serious measures, which will go from fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft options and even games lost to teams if it is a generalized situation in a squad. If players violate any of these regulations and have to undergo a quarantine, Expenses derivatives will run on your account and will be supervised by the competition itself.
The document sent to the teams is very exhaustive and long, 158 pages, in which they admit that they contemplate the possibility, almost the certainty, that they will have contagions in the templates. The goal is to control them, but they are not so naive as to assume that no one will be infected.
“Some staff members, players and other participants in the 2020-21 season are likely to test positive for or contract COVID-19, particularly as the virus continues to be prevalent in some particular team areas and surrounding communities. … The appearance of individual cases (that is, cases that do not spread between players or team personnel) or a small or expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the 2020-21 season, “they report.
Before the eventual arrival of a vaccine, the NBA and the NPBA, the Players Association, will jointly decide the vaccination protocol, although they will be governed by federal law. 48 of the 546 tested They have tested positive for the return of training for the start of the next season, and will remain isolated until they test negative.